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Occupational Therapist-Grinnell, IA

Company: UnityPoint Health
Location: Grinnell
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:


$10K Sign on bonus (external candidates)

Home Care Occupational Therapist

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm with rotating weekend with DSM therapist (about every 2 months)

Full Time Benefits

The Occupational Therapist (OT) uses clinical expertise, physical assessment, teaching and skilled therapy interventions to deliver high quality patient care in the patient's place of residence. The OT contributes to the development of the home health plan of care under the direction of the physician. The OT delivers therapy intervention and treatment directed by the physician as established in the home health plan of care that is consistent with clinical best practices and results in high quality, improved outcomes and exceptional patient experience.

Why UnityPoint Health?

Commitment to our Team - We're proud to be recognized as a Top 150 Place to Work in Healthcare 2022 by Becker's Healthcare for our commitment to our team members.
Culture - At UnityPoint Health, you matter. Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve.
Benefits - Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you're in.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment - We're committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
Development - We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.
Community Involvement - Be an essential part of our core purpose-to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.

Visit https://dayinthelife.unitypoint.org/ to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list). o not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty. Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task. Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future. Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements.

% of Time


Patient Care/Care Coordination

- Makes visits to the homes of patients requiring home health occupational therapy services and assumes responsibility for an ongoing interdisciplinary assessment of the patient..

- Evaluates and assesses the patient's level of functioning by applying appropriate tests.

- Develops specific occupational therapy procedures as well as functional activities in accordance with written physician plan of treatment and patient evaluation.

- Develops and administers plan of treatment including environmental modifications.

- Oversees use of treatment modalities, prosthetic devices and therapeutic appliances.

- Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to the care plan.

- Performs and directs therapy treatment as ordered.

- Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently.

- Promotes patient independence by teaching patients and family members to understand the following as well as any additional education needs identified by the assessing clinician and/or physician:

o Treatment and disease management

o Medications purpose, use, side effects, potential adverse effects

o Proper use, safety hazards, and infection control issues related to the use and maintenance of any equipment provided

o Patient plan of care

o Emergency preparedness

o Phases of occupational therapy in which they may assist and use of prosthetic and orthotic devices and medical and adaptive equipment.

- Provides the services that are ordered by the physician as indicated in the plan of care.

- Provides patient, caregiver and family counseling and education as indicated in the plan of care.

- Contributes to the continual update of the plan of care that includes measureable outcomes that will occur as a result of implementing and coordinating the plan of care.

- Develops and updates patient's discharge plan on every visit ensuring patient and caregiver education and training is facilitating timely discharge and measureable goals and outcomes are attainable, realistic and up-to-date.

- Includes the patient, representative and caregiver in all plan of care decisions.

- Assesses the need for plan of care updates and every visit and includes the patient and family in care planning decisions and communicates care plan revisions to the patient, representative, caregiver and all physicians issuing orders for the home health plan of care.

- Maintains accurate and timely documentation of clinical records and time/travel entries.

- Receives, relays and documents verbal orders in accordance with state and federal regulations and in a timely manner to prevent adverse patient outcomes.

- Is responsible for obtaining physician orders prior to initiation of care and notifying the physician of any changes in the patient's condition.

- Communicates with all physicians involved in the plan of care and other health care practitioners related to the current plan of care.

- Identifies patient's risks for hospitalization and/or emergency department use and proactively intervenes to prevent adverse events.

- Supervises home health aide and certified occupational therapy assistant staff and documents supervision in the patient medical record.


Home Care Performance Criteria

- Delivers quality care and completes clear, concise and accurate clinical documentation of care provision in accordance with home health conditions of participation (CoPs), various payer home health coverage criteria, accreditation standards, professional standards for discipline/credential and the home health plan of care.

- Maintains competence in OASIS data collection and documentation and submits all initial and corrected assessments according to CMS guidance and agency policies and procedures.

- Participates in clinical review of records to monitor quality and accuracy, appropriate utilization, appropriate involvement of interdisciplinary team members, appropriate referrals and coordination of care.

- Participates in peer review and other quality assurance activities, as assigned.

- Uses appropriate infection control procedures and safety measure to protect employees and patients.

- Provides patient and family education using UPaH approved patient teaching materials only.

- Participates in case conferences, in-service programs and other meetings required to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care.

- Reviews all patient assignments prior to scheduling first visit and accepts patient assignments only for which qualified and competent in any specific care/technical skill/procedure needed.

- Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

- Participates in quality assurance/performance improvement (QAPI) activities, as assigned.

- Maintains professional knowledge for discipline/credential/license ensuring inclusion of content specific to home and community based care.

- Communicates professionally, effectively and timely to all team members and co-workers and responds to all communication in a timely manner including, but not limited to e-mails, phone communication and meeting follow-up responsibilities.

- Establishes and maintains positive interpersonal relationships with team members, patients and family members while maintain personal and professional boundaries.

- Assist with new employee orientation when necessary.

- Effectively plans, organizes, sets priorities and completes works assignments with minimum direct supervision per agency policy and within established time frames.

- Maintains productivity standards as defined by home care supervisor.

- Meets or exceeds agency expected outcomes related to patient experience and hospitalization utilization.

- Performs other duties as assigned by home care clinical supervisor and/or administrator.


Basic UPH Performance Criteria

- Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

- Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

- Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

- Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

- Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

- Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of administrative staff.

- Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.

- Maintains compliance with Personnel policies and procedures.

- Behaves in a manner consistent with all Corporate Compliance policies and procedures.


Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health's values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

- Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

- Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

- Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment:

- Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect

- Enthusiastically engage in our work.

- Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

- Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

- Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

- Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

- Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

- Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

- Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

- Have the courage to challenge the status quo.


Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.


Licensed or otherwise regulated, if applicable, as an Occupational Therapist by the state in which practicing, unless licensure does not apply in the practicing state.

Graduate of an occupational Therapist education program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA), or successor organizations of ACOTE

Eligible to take, or has successfully completed the entry-level certification examination for Occupational Therapists developed and administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)

Master's degree


One year experience caring for similar patient population as to be assigned.

Home care experience

2+ years' experience


Valid licensed driver with automobile insurance in accordance with state(s) and/or organizational requirements.

Mandatory Reporter: Child & Dependent Adult Abuse.

Person Centered Care (PCC) course completion within first 12 months of hire and annual completion of competency validation activities.

CPR: Maintain a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Card with Re-certification.

Certification in programming applicable to home care population


Basic knowledge of current, frequently used medications, including modes of administration, actions and side effects.

Able to perform occupational therapy assessment and treatment in the home setting without direct supervision.

Strong interpersonal skills.

Ability to work as a collaborative team member.

Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures.

Ability to navigate and perform basic use of Microsoft Office products.

Maintains a reliable mode of transportation and has the ability to drive safely during all day and night hours and in all types of inclement weather.

Experience with documentation in an electronic health record.


Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.



Keywords: UnityPoint Health, Cedar Rapids , Occupational Therapist-Grinnell, IA, Other , Grinnell, Iowa

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